Combustion devices for powdered fuels and powdered fuel dispersions
Patent No. 8,100,095
Issued: January 24, 2012
Inventors: McKnight; James K. (Ithaca, NY), Bacorn; Edward (Lansing, NY), White; Ken W. (Ithaca, NY)
An engine includes at least one cylinder, an intake valve, a conduit, a positive displacement powdered fuel dispensing device, and an oxidizing gas source supplying an oxidizing gas to the conduit. The cylinder is defined by a cylinder block having a bore, a cylinder head coupled to the top of the cylinder block, and a piston received in the bore of the cylinder block. The intake valve is communicatively coupled with the cylinder head. The conduit is communicatively coupled with the intake valve. The positive displacement powdered fuel dispensing device is communicatively coupled with the conduit. The positive displacement powdered fuel dispensing device meters a supply of a powdered fuel including a substantially explosible powder such that the intake valve admits a powdered fuel dispersion including the substantially explosible powder dispersed in the oxidizing gas at an explosible ratio such that the powdered fuel dispersion is explosible.
Reference to Related Applications
This is a continuation patent application of co-pending PCT application serial number PCT/US2007/024044, filed Nov. 16, 2007, entitled "POWDERED FUELS, DISPERSIONS THEREOF, AND COMBUSTION DEVICES RELATED THERETO", which claims priority to U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/859,779, filed Nov. 17, 2006, U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/868,408, filed Dec. 4, 2006, and U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/993,221, filed Sep. 10, 2007. The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the United States provisional applications is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned applications are hereby incorporated herein by reference.
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